The Peerless Pitfalls of Peer Review

Featured image Back finally to an old topic leftover from the climate inquisition a few weeks back. One of our lefty commenters thought it important to raise the issue that I don’t publish “peer-reviewed” articles about climate issues in the academic literature, which is true. It’s something I have in common with Al Gore. (Heh.) Besides, I prefer to write in plain English for human beings rather than the 10 people who »

Not bashing Bashar

Featured imageCharlie Rose interviewed Bashar al-Assad last week. 60 Minutes broadcast a portion of the interview last night (video below, transcript here). Rose reported that the interview was conducted “under the conditions that we use Syrian TV technicians and cameras.” Assad inherited the Syrian regime from his father, who took it over via a coup in 1971. Syria is of course engaged in a bloody civil war that has become a »

By Its Own Criteria, the Obama Administration Is An Economic Failure

Featured imageLately there has been a fair amount of happy talk from liberal pundits about our supposedly robust economy. Such optimistic evaluations have been guarded, since everyone knows that the jobs picture is still bleak, largely because of runaway legal and illegal immigration. But there is an even more fundamental measure by which the Obama administration is an economic failure. The 2014 numbers are now in on America’s gross domestic product, »

Losin’ in Lausanne (5)

Featured imageOmri Ceren emailed two reports from Lausanne overnight. Here is the first: The P5+1 meeting with Iran got out a little while ago. Total running time: 1 hour, 14 minutes. Functionally nothing happened this weekend from a news perspective – very little came out of talks, foreign ministers were still en route, etc. – which gave people plenty of time to muse over the Iran talks debate in the broadest »

Keeping Bill at his best

Featured imageIn the New York Times, Patrick Healy and Amy Chozick worry over Bill Clinton’s role in Madam Hillary’s presidential campaign in a story headlined “To avert repeat of 2008, Clinton team hopes to keep Clinton at his best.” In this case, “keeping Bill at his best” doesn’t mean what it might mean to you or me. There is no mention of Bill’s lady friends — “the Energizer,” for example. No »

In Lausanne, Mr. Motthagi sums it up

Featured imageThe latest from the negotiations with Iran over a deal blessing its nuclear program indicates that the catastrophe should arrive on schedule, before the March 31 deadline. In the New York Times Michael Gordon reports that “Iran’s top negotiator says accord can be drafted.” Gordon’s report should be read in the light of Adam Kredo’s March 26 Free Beacon story “US caves to key Iranian demands as nuke deal comes »

What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 2

Featured imageScott wrote here about Harry Reid’s announcement that he will not run for re-election, a decision which, Reid was quick to say, was not the result of his “elastic exercise band” accident. In January, I wrote OK, So What Really Happened to Harry Reid? I noted the injuries that Reid suffered on New Year’s Day, in Las Vegas: multiple broken bones around his right eye, damage to the right eye, »

Fred Siegel Explains It All, Part 2

Featured imageIn this second installment of our conversation with Fred Siegel, we explore Fred’s roots as a “social democrat” as it was meant in the postwar era (or until, as Fred explains, the New Left destroyed it in the 1960s), and the evolution of his views because of the Vietnam War, his tutelage under Irving Howe at Dissent magazine, and his thoughts about the “Frankfurt School”—a leftist sect of the early »

The Virginia bar disgraces itself [UPDATED]

Featured imageThe Virginia State Bar has sent the following letter to its members: March 27, 2015 Dear Fellow Members of the Virginia State Bar, Certain members of the Virginia State Bar and other individuals have expressed objections to the VSB’s plan to take the Midyear Legal Seminar trip in November to Jerusalem. It was stated that there are some unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices pertaining to border security that affect travelers »

Hillary destroys evidence [updated]

Featured imageThe House Select Committee on Benghazi sent Hillary Clinton a subpoena for all her emails related to Libya on March 4. The committee statement on the issuance of the subpoena to Clinton is posted here. The committee followed up with a letter dated March 19 formally requesting Clinton’s email server. A PDF of the letter is posted here. After obtaining a two-week extension, Clinton attorney David Kendall responded by letter: »

Diversity of thought, Princeton style

Featured imageThe Daily Princetonian reports that during the 2012 presidential campaign, 157 Princeton University faculty and staff members donated directly to the presidential candidates. Two of them gave to Mitt Romney; the rest gave to President Obama. The amount donated to Obama exceeded $169,000. The two donations to Romney amounted to $1,901. Who were the two renegades that gave to Romney? One was James Shinn, a visiting lecturer at the Keller »

Will Global Warming Cause Prostitution?

Featured imageDemocratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a resolution in the House that is based on the premise that “women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change.” This is parody come to life: world about to end, women and minorities hit hardest! Among the horrors that climate change will give rise to, according to the resolution, is the likelihood that “food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable »

Claiming race-victimization — everyone wants to get in on the act

Featured imageRecently, Taraji Henson, a well-known actress, accused the Glendale, California police of racial profiling after an officer pulled her son over and questioned him. In a magazine interview, Henson stated: My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what »

The Hillary “spoliation”

Featured imageThe latest news about Hillary Clinton’s email destruction may take her emails saga to another level. As John and Scott have discussed, Clinton apparently had her server wiped clean of emails after a congressional committee had been established to investigate matters as to which she knew her emails were relevant Even more importantly, Trey Gowdy says that Clinton made this decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State »

Losin’ in Lausanne (4)

Featured imageOmri Ceren writes from Lausanne on the impending deal with Iran: Fabius arrived at the Beau-Rivage this morning and was marched by reporters at 10:20am. Key lines: “I am coming here with the desire to move towards a robust agreement… We have made progress on certain issues but not enough on others.” French concerns revolve around centrifuge numbers, the sunset clause, and verification. Verification may prove particularly problematic in the »

The Week in Pictures: Centrifugal Farce Edition

Featured imageHard to know just what story merits top billing this weekend: Who Lost Yemen? Saving Private Bergdahl?  Harry Reid entering the past tense?  Or the continuing embarrassment of the Obama administration’s Iran diplomacy? (And these folks thought Reagan’s dealings with Iran were naive and irresponsible. . .) The world burns and the storm continues to gather. . .  (Headline hat tip: RS.)   Yes, it’s been a long photo lineup »

Hillary: My Emails Are Gone, Gone, Gone!

Featured imageIn another email-related bombshell, Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, has told the House Select Committee on Benghazi that all emails have been deleted from Hillary’s private email server: An examination of the server that housed the personal email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used when she was secretary of state showed that there are no copies of any emails she sent during her time in office, her lawyer told »